Public Figure Profiles

Edgar R. R. Parker

Painless Parker was an American street dentist described as "a menace to the dignity of the profession" by the American Dental Association. However, "Much of what he championed—patient advocacy, increased access to dental care, and advertising—has come to pass in the U.S."Parker attended Philadelphia Dental College, which would become the Temple University School of Dentistry. After six weeks without a single patient, he decided to advertise. He hired one of P.T. Barnum's ex-managers to help him take his practice on the road. He created the Parker Dental Circus, a traveling medicine show with his dental chair on a horse-drawn wagon while a band played. The band attracted large crowds and hid the moans and cries of patients who were given whiskey or a cocaine solution that he called "hydrocaine" to numb the pain. He charged 50 cents for each extraction and promised that if it hurt, he would pay the patient $5.At one point, he claimed to have pulled 357 teeth in one day, which he wore on a necklace. He legally changed his first name to "Painless" when he was accused of breaking a false advertisement law by claiming that his dentistry was truly painless. When business thrived, he hired assistants and established a chain dentistry business. In the end, Parker ran 28 West Coast dental offices, employing over 70 dentists, and grossing $3 million per year.

Parker is mentioned in the song "Orange Claw Hammer" by musician and poet Don Van Vliet. The Historical Dental Museum at the Temple University School of Dentistry has a display dedicated to Parker, with his necklace of 357 teeth and a large wooden bucket filled to the brim with teeth that he had personally pulled. The bucket of teeth sat by his feet as he lectured the crowds on the importance of dental hygiene.

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Some of their strengths

Edgar R. R. Parker has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Energetic, Intelligent, Creative, Imaginative, Altruistic, Innovative, and Practical.

Independent and Brave

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Edgar R. R. Parker is someone who is an independent, brave, and honest person who approaches life with energy, intuition, passion, and generosity. A person who looks for jobs that tend to reflect their identity.

Active and Precise

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Edgar R. R. Parker well know them as someone who can be tough, active, and sharp, like a sword.

Altruistic and Innovative

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Edgar R. R. Parker as someone who is altruistic, inventive, energetic, and socially-conscious.

Who is inventive, open-minded and inquisitive, optimistic and cooperative, and who loves working together with others.

Altruistic and Ambitious

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Edgar R. R. Parker is someone who is the type of person who rallies behind a group, cause, or community, and who enjoys being dedicated to a higher cause of some sort.

They are also someone who is intuitive, imaginative, and an agent of change, and who is always dreaming of life's great possibilities and partnering with people to try to achieve those possibilities.

Independent and Dynamic

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Edgar R. R. Parker tends to be someone who is independent, dynamic, and courageous. Who can be positive, energetic, self-reliant, and adventurous, and who can make friends easily.

Some of Edgar R. R. Parker's challenges

While Edgar R. R. Parker has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Edgar R. R. Parker can be Indecisive, Short-tempered, Impulsive, Difficult, Perfectionist, Unrealistic, and Anxious.

Short-tempered and Impulsive

One of Edgar R. R. Parker's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as short-tempered and impulsive.

Anxious and Inflexible

Edgar R. R. Parker is someone who can be high-strung, impatient, and inflexible, who can be "penny wise and pound foolish", have poor listening skills, and who can be intolerant of people who share a different world view.

Aggressive and Domineering

Finally, Edgar R. R. Parker also can be aggressive, impatient, impulsive, and short-tempered.

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